Maybe it was from thinking about my Halloween costume, but I was reminded of these drawings from 2002 that I did hanging out with my pal Jesse.
At that point in our day, jumping into colour was quick a crazy and daunting proposition, but I plunged in.
And then I went even more wild… this is a two page sketchbook spread.
Similarly, a couple of years later visiting Jesse in Montreal, we were let’s say, in a similar state of mind, wandering around Mount Royal.
We wandered through a graveyard and went past the crematorium and cracked ourselves up referring to cremated people as “melties” and when we got back to Jesse’s place I did this epic two page drawing to commemorate the term.
The rain is back. Just now, while I slept. That is okay, it has rained twice in the past three months here.
No new True Loves this week, but Manien and I did do some writing last weekend. It was a great session. As we approach the end of the book, the writing seems easier. While writing phrases were uttered such as “I’m on fire!” and “Now you’re on fire!” And we blasted through one crucial sequence that left us breathless and reeling by the end of it. Here is where we writing.
Manien has been working a lot of nights this month, and I have gotten in a good rhythm of inking for a few hours (or longer if the podcasts I’m listening to are too interesting, like this Inkstuds chat with Dave Sim). And then I putter on the internet and end up staying up too late watching these videos with people talking about Nick Cave’s albums, and drawing some of the great faces in them. Last night I was thinking that part of my enjoyment of them is that the people talking tend to be my age or older recalling their wild youth in the 80s.
Kid Congo has an AMAZING and animated face. As I drew him I recalled that I saw him play at the Railway Club once, and he was hanging out afterwards, and talked to him a bit and drew him.
Tender Prey was my first Nick Cave album. I clearly recall being at an Industrial Video Show at the Rivoli and the Mercy Seat came on, converting Jesse and I instantly.
No new comics this week. I am getting pretty stoked about Halloween though, and some of the drawings below are related to that.
I have been inking a good bit the past couple of nights and listened to some really good podcast chats. You Made it Weird talking to Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick which included some interesting background, Chris’ views on stuff and goofy voices.
And then the Nerdist in turn talking to Joseph Gordon Levitt (who I have had a giant soft spot since Brick and Mysterious Skin). The deal was sealed for me when JGL dropped a casual “magic missile” into something he was saying. He used to play D&D! And not in a “this was a dorky thing I used to do” way, it was in a “this is a great thing people don’t understand. It is like acting, developing a character, figuring out where they came from, who their parents were…” way. And he just seemed like kind of an awesome guy. And then the WTF chat with COOP. Marc Maron had me before the interview even started, shouting ART IS IMPORTANT. And Coop was a fascinating guy with great ideas. Deep into his culture. And echoed ideas I have had about the mystery of creating things.
I was listening to some more of those videos about Nick Cave albums last night (The Firstborn is Dead in this case) and drew a few more people.
And then I got looking at these fascinating Charles Freger photos of traditional ceremonial Wilder Mann costumes, which are going to be a strong influence on my Halloween costume.
New True Loves 3 is up! The virtues of man-servants are discussed.
I was watching these videos on the youtube of people discussing all of Nick Cave’s albums. Interesting to hear thoughts and memories, some from people in the Bad Seeds. And some great faces. I just had to draw some of them.
And I quite liked this video. The song kind of reminds me of that Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes “Home” but that works for me.
And this is a cute song and video too.
On the other hand this David Lynch song and video is fairly disturbing.
I wanted to finish off this sketchbook this weekend, so I have done a bunch of drawings. This is not even all of them. And a couple of these are actually not from this weekend, but I felt like scanning them.
From that day when I felt like it would be nice to be all cozy in a big furry suit.
Looking at Brian Fukushima’s photos of SPX made me a little sad I wasn’t there. This one was funny so I drew it.
This morning as I was cooking breakfast, I was thinking about how my explorer drawings were a post-apocalyptic version of my grandma’s house, and I’m currently working on a post-apocalyptic Guelph story, but I haven’t done post-apocalyptic Vancouver. Which reminded me of the funny idea I had to do True Loves 3 as a post-apocalyptic Road Warrior type thing. And this scene popped into my head such that I had to abandon my cooking to scribble the dialogue down.
And my traditional self-portrait which I always do as the last drawing in a sketchbook.
The garden has peaked, and things are starting to wind down into fall. It is pretty green out there right now though.
Manien is trying to dry some sage by our front door. That sage bush gets right out of hand.
On Sunday we got up and out the door and went for a lovely ramble around North Van. Saw posters warning that a black bear had been seen in one neighbourhood. Two neighbourhoods, actually. And a coyote.
And I did this drawing of Ninja and Yolandi from that crazy Harmony Korine short with the wheelchairs.
I am on vacation next week. There will be some camping, but I will also be around, trying to get some drawing done. My post-apocalyptic comic for Retrofit Comics is coming along. Maybe I will give you a peek at some point.
Here is a drawing I did while I had a little picnic in a park last Sunday.
And I finally coloured the last of the Mega-j drawings from you know, back in the summer.
Wow where did the last half of August go? I had two weeks or so where I hardly got any drawing done, between the ceilings being painted, houseguests, comic jams and comic shows. I think I am back on track now though. I even resisted going to the new nerd pub everyone’s talking about.
Some of my houseguests were small people who I was playing pirates with. I decided we needed a treasure map, and once I added enough details to it they got interested. Then we needed a map of the actual island where the treasure was hidden.
I also made them a mixed CD which included this instant hit.
And this classic dance rave-up from my own childhood which we danced to five times in a row.
And here are some drawings I did of random things that came up on that (NSFW) tumblr that I’m still sort of obsessed with.